September 5, 2011

Three Interviews About 'Man-child,' DIY Filmmaking, Film School and DSLRs

It's been a very slow Labor Day weekend for the Man-child campaign -- dang federal holidays! So while I'm working on a video update specifically for No Film School readers, in the meantime here's a brand-new video interview I did with TV Writer Podcast presented by Script Magazine. In the interview, we talk about film school, crowdfunding, DSLRs, and DIY filmmaking (please forgive the aggrandizing bio at the beginning):

Thanks so much to Gray for having me on (and sorry if you had to watch an ad at the beginning; it's not my video player).

One thing about running a crowdfunding campaign that I've learned so far: be prepared to talk about yourself way past the point of comfort. Speaking of which! Here are excerpts from two more interviews/posts I've also done recently that hopefully contain lessons for others in addition to talking about Man-child.

Film Courage: From DIY Filmmaker to Hollywood Discontent and Back Again

A lot of filmmakers today set out with the career arc of someone like Steven Soderbergh in mind -- make a great first feature while young, win festival accolades, move up to larger budgets from there -- but the independent film scene today is not what it was when Soderbergh won the Palm d’Or at the age of 26.

The lesson I’ve learned, and what I would suggest for those just getting started, is to set your sights smaller and make whatever you can without needing outside investment. Post your project on the internet -- it costs nothing, and you can build an audience organically -- and go from there. Name any filmmaker you look up to that made it big through the old system -- this is the approach they’d be taking if they were coming up today. A lot of people can say this, sure, but I’ve tried both approaches and learned the hard way. Don’t make the same mistakes I did!

Filmmaking Stuff: No Film School On CrowdFunding

Jason Brubaker
Your current feature is focused on Basketball? How come?

Koo
I’ve played basketball all my life, so it’s a personal project to me. But just because I play basketball doesn’t mean I know a lot about the youth basketball world. I’m talking about middle schoolers, as opposed to the college and pro athletes you typically see in sports movies. The more I researched it, the more I felt it was a story I had to tell. And while it’s definitely a basketball movie, my hope is that the film will also speak to those who don’t have a particular interest in basketball or even sports, because it’s a fascinating and unique world.

Jason Brubaker
Can you speak to that a little more?

Koo
These kids are nationally ranked by the time they’re 12, and they start hearing whispers of fame and fortune very early – but usually they don’t have a whole lot in their lives at that age. This dichotomy – what they could have in a few years as opposed to what they actually have, right now – could be larger in youth basketball than anywhere else in American society.

If this sounds like an interesting movie, please think about backing the Kickstarter campaign -- I can't make it without you, and as I said, it's been very slow the past few days. More soon and thanks for reading/watching!

Full interview links:

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I feel the same way about Film School. I'm about to graduate and looking back it is nice to get a hands on learning experience and be able to create a network amongst peers that share the same amount of passion as me but at the same time I read a lot of books and watch a lot of instructional DVDs on film making and DSLR Cinema and it's pretty safe to say I've learned just as much, if not more, from the books and videos in my own time. And now I'm several several several grand in the hole. I could of bought a RED camera, my own editing suite, and professional rigs with the money I spent on loans. Man, it kills me to think about that....

September 5, 2011

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Brett Pierce

Just donated to the effort...it was only 10 bucks, but im sure it will help. Ill try to donate more. Your NFschool has been one the more influential sources of knowledge ive had access to in the past year since ditching my canon XH-A1 and fully intrusting my livelihood with the Canon 7d. Ive never looked back and its been great for my career. Thanks. Hopefully ill have some more to donate soon. The idea is huge! I live in Indiana and Basketball is really pretty huge here. A friend and I shot a lot of the NBA player Greg Oden while he played at our high school, Lawrence North. The internet was just starting to make these kids superstars and It was crazy to see so much media attention for a 15 year old kid...albeit a 7'2" 15 year old. unfortunately this type of story, more often than not, ends in disappointment, not for what could be, but for what was built up by people around the kid. I can't wait to see where you take this character. The lookbook was fucking illmatic. Good luck.

September 5, 2011

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Nate

rly grt podcast. rly enjoyed. Hay Koo, you have Micheal Bay's Voice. :D

September 6, 2011

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Ha I've never heard Michael Bay's voice!

Thanks Brett, well I'm sure you've got some contacts from film school you wouldn't have otherwise.

Nate, really interesting about Oden -- and look what happened to him. You never know! Thanks so much for your support.

September 6, 2011

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Ryan Koo
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Nice interviews. I'm rooting for you!

Your bit about film schools reminded me of a petition about student loans that's gathering traction. Here's a link if you're interested:

http://signon.org/sign/want-a-real-economic.fb1?source=c.fb&r_by=525506

I went to film school as well back when it was too expensive to buy your own gear, but if I were doing it all over again now, I'm not so sure I'd make the same choice. I'm happy for the contacts I made and the immersion in film theory, but overall it doesn't quite seem to be worth the price of admission.

Thanks for all the hard work you put into the site!

September 6, 2011

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Ryan

"Like Crazt" is a very bad example of "how successful DSLR movies can be". If you take a look at credits (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1758692/) you will understand why it got into Sundance in the first place.

September 8, 2011

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mastroiani

how do i make a contribution from here

September 9, 2011

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stan